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Lost States chapter 1 Lost States , meaning Lost States , genre Lost States , book cover Lost States , flies Lost States , Lost States 13b8bb712595e Everyone Knows The Fifty Nifty United States But What About The Hundreds Of Other Statehood Proposals That Never Came To Pass Lost States Is A Tribute To Such Great Unrealized Dreams As West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough And Ready, And Yazoo Some Of These States Came Remarkably Close To Joining The Union Others Never Had A Chance Many Are Still Trying Consider Frontier Legend Daniel Boone Once Proposed A State Of Transylvania In The Appalachian Wilderness His Plan Was Resurrected A Few Years Later With The New Name Of Kentucky Residents Of Bucolic South Jersey Wanted To Secede From Their Urban North Jersey Neighbors And Form The Fifty First State The Gold Rush Territory Of Nataqua Could Have Made A Fine State But Since No Women Were Willing To Live There, The Settlers Gave Up And Joined California Each Story Offers A Fascinating Glimpse At The Nation We Might Have Become Along With Plenty Of Absurd Characters, Bureaucratic Red Tape, And Political Gamesmanship Accompanying These Tales Are Beautifully Rendered Maps Detailing The Proposed State Boundaries, Plus Images Of Real Life Artifacts And Ephemera Welcome To The World Of Lost States


10 thoughts on “Lost States

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this book, I really did But it s replete with errors, and for a book that purports to be non fiction, that s a fatal flaw for me especially when it s subtitled True stories of I recognize that this is not an academic textbook, and the author has raised that as his defense, but really, there s no excusing some of the slop here.I found three errors myself, and I m not particularly knowledgeable in this area 1 President McKinley s first name was William, not James Philippines 2 In the real world, the Cimarron Strip now the Oklahoma Panhandle turned into three counties Trinklein thinks it turned into only Beaver County, completely missing Texas and Cimarron counties No Man s Land 3 Rio Rico, when discovered to be technically part of the US, was pretty promptly ceded to Mexico Trinklein says it became part of Texas which it technically did, but that was only for a few years, and hasn t been the case since the 1970s Rio Rico These are just the errors I found others have found , as I found out with a little googling try errors Lost States Trinklein I m embarrassed that I missed that the photo purportedly of CSA President Jefferson Davis in Baja Arizona is not the CSA President at all, but a different Jefferson Davis, a confederate general.The George W Bush references are annoying, and I m no Bush fan They just seem amateurish in a published book They would be easy enough to ignore in a blog I suspect that Trinklein just republished a lot of his blog, and unfortunately without the aid of a good editor, who would have caught things like this.So, a potentially fun book, but completely spoiled for me by its lack of credibility If you re reading the book to learn something, give it up you can t tell whether what you re reading is factual or not due to the total disregard for accuracy.


  2. says:

    I saw this book come through at my library, and I thought What a great topic for a book And it is a great topic It s too bad it was, in my opinion, really mishandled.The book has quite a bit of breadth 74 states are covered , but no depth Each state gets two pages, one of which is a full page map The facing page contains pictures which are often only tangentially related to the topic lots of tepid, uncreative jokes and a little information The maps range from interesting to out and out bad one clearly has hand drawn marker on it one has Wyoming on the western border of Kansas which is the reason I downgraded the book from two stars I think there were maybe four historical facts that I learned from a 160 page book, but the history was, in places, just as bad as the maps quote George Washington was the most popular and powerful man in the world WILDLY FALSE WILDLY I don t know who this book is aimed at It doesn t give enough background information to teach much to American history novices it would have helped a little if the order of the states were chronological instead of alphabetical , and it s too superficial to teach anything to people who already have solid American history background.In short, this is a book with the pace and tone of an Uncle John s Bathroom Reader, but without the depth or intelligence.


  3. says:

    A fascinating subject, an author with a sense of humor, beautifully designed maps on every page couldn t ask for


  4. says:

    I almost really loved this one It covers many, but not all, failed states Each one gets a one page profile, plus a full page map created by the author, usually by superimposing the proposed state on an existing map It was interesting, for the most part, though occassionally repetitive Many of them were simply failed proposals to divide territories, so not much to say Some of them can t be taken even remotely seriously Who really thinks that the European country of Albania has ever seriously been in contention to be a U.S state Who really thinks that, if Quebec were ever to leave Canada, that Newfoundland or Alberta might decide to become Americna while they re at it Take those out, and there are still some really interesting stories in here But the tone is often bizarre I just want to read about failed states, not lame jokes This is one book where the subject matter overcame the author s tone to make what is still a pretty good book.


  5. says:

    I love nonfiction books about random topics, and I also love maps Lost States incorporates both things Basically, Trinklein looks at a BUNCH of territories that almost became states, or wished they could become states, or would be really cool if they could become states, etc He covers everything from random ways to divide the Northwest Territory, to the possibility of some of our current states splitting California, Maine, and Texas have all considered it in recent years , to current US territories, to western states that didn t quite make the cut While the book is really enjoyable and also full of color pictures and maps, making it fun to read it s also very brief Each potential state only gets one oversize page, and one page of pictures maps, so you don t get a lot of details about anything There is also plenty of Trinklein s snarky humor to go around, but luckily I enjoyed that part, too.All in all, Lost States wasn t necessarily the most educational nonfiction read I ve come across recently, but it was quick and engaging, and gave me a lot of random trivia to pull out during those awkward conversational silences that come up from time to time.


  6. says:

    As a Social Studies teacher I m always looking for books that make history a bit interesting With that said, being a Social Studies teacher makes that incredibly difficult Since I already find it interesting, I don t know if something is interesting because it is, or because I m already predisposed to thinking it isI thought this book was pretty dang interesting And funny Yeah, there were some errors on a couple maps and maybe they should have been caught by somebody but since a lot of the maps were just conjecture in the first place, what s the big deal, people Nickajack never made it as a state I ve never seen a map of Nickajack until this book.This was mostly all review, but it was an icing review of entertaining tidbits that are often overlooked by the cake of history.Sure, there were times when his tongue in cheek wit made me question the facts Does the government include USA after New Mexico because people got the licenses confused Was Washington the most popular and powerful person in his day Is distance the real reason the Phillippines didn t become a state or are these just the punch lines to the jokes I didn t tell here for fear of copy right lawsuit reprisals I don t know But I do know I enjoyed the book The book has a little info on each proposed sometimes not officially proposed but there were always inklings of a state forming state, along with a theoretical map of where it would go The info for each state is sourced in the back In an era where citation is becoming a thing of the past, and opinionated blogs are replacing investigative journalism, I apprecitate going to the back of the book to see where Trinklein got his information It lets me know that if people really have a beef with his wit, they can go to the source and see what the real story is.Surprises The number of states proposed out of a fear of CommunismThe number of states proposed due to water issuesThe number of cities that considered statehoodTexas doesn t need Congressional approval to form itself into new states how did I miss that one and it can turn itself into 5 states counting TX itself Connections I just read all about William Walker in the book The First Tycoon That dealt mainly with Walker filibutering not as we know it in Nicaragua but mostly just a thorn in the side of Vanderbilt himself Here it talks about his attempt to make Baja California into a state Sonora.Favorite Person William Augustus Bowles Seriously, how did I never hear about this guy a guy who gets kicked out of the U.S military, joins a Creek tribe, marries the chief s daughter, consolidates several Native American nations, becomes their king, rallies the native peoples against an evil empire, gets captured and thrown into a Spanish prison, escapes, takes over a British ship, becomes a pirate takes over a Spanish fort A huge Spanish force is dispatched to capture him, but they get lost He s like a real life Gilgamesh Only bigger I m hoping I can work him into my family tree somehow even if it s by marriage To a distant eighth cousin In lawFavorite State I don t know Navassa maybe Just the thought of being legally allowed to claim any island in the world because it has a bunch of bird poop on it makes me happy A little weird.Yeah, there are some mistakes And it s not exhaustive, but it s not meant to be It s meant to pique your interest and get you looking for stuff on your own Which I have I m thinking about starting my own state Legally Not a coup Hopefully I get mentioned in the second edition Habecker s state, Habeckeria would have been the smallest state in the union comprising his house, yard, and an eighth of a meter into his alley But it was not to be Having only 4 people in the state was deemed imprudent by the 113th Congress Habeckeria sent two Senators and a Representative anyway but all were turned away Upon returning home, he received a fine for leaving his 4 year old daughter unattended as the sole resident of his state, and fine for long grass As he sat in jail, he realized his goal of statehood was unattainable for now


  7. says:

    My first goodreads first reads win This is my kind of non fiction book easy to read with lots of pictures or in this case mostly maps A mix of humor and interesting information.The cover unfolds to a full sized map which would be nifty to hang up if I had a library or study A nice looking book.Trinklein who lived in Idaho for 20 years, keeps mentioning Mormons I ve noticed this in 5 Lost States there may even be that I missed Having an LDS background myself, I can not recall a temple being built in Iowa under the direction of Joseph Smith as Trinklein claims The only temples completed before moving to Utah, were in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois If Trinklein is referring to one of these, he should clarify that the temple was not in Iowa FYI here is what he wrote about this in HALF BREED TRACTS Probably the most famous buyer was a guy named Joseph Smith, who gathered his Mormon followers on a Half Breed Tract he purchased in southeast Iowa The Latter Day Saints then built a temple and settled in for the long haul It s entirely possible the Mormons might have grown their sphere of influence and eventually tried to form their own state, based on their religious practices I m not speculating about this that s exactly what they did But they didn t get around to it until after they had migrated westward to Salt Lake Favorite Quotes INTRODUCTION Fifty States, It s such a nice, round number It might even seem preordained that America would gobble up the perfect amount of territory to create fifty just right states.Sorry, It wasn t nearly that tidy I ve always felt a sense of wonder gazing at old maps, imagining the stories behind each squiggly line Maps are a record of individuals trying to make a difference in how the world works ABOUT THE MAPS All maps have a purpose, perhaps even an agenda Mine are no exception BOSTON If every New England squabble led to the creation of a new state, the U.S flag would have a thousand stars FORGOTTONIA loved reading about this one So as long as America keeps drinking sixty four ounce fountain drinks, Forgottonia s people will survive In fact, about the only thing that could hurt Forgottonia would be medical reports suggesting high fructose corn syrup isn t healthy.Oh FRANKLIN named after Ben Franklin The lesson here is that if you re going to name a state after a living historical figure, you should probably ask the person first.It s worth noting that Congress had a unofficial policy against naming new states after people dead or alive It s a guideline they held for than a century, with only one exception Washington GREENLAND Prime Real Estate Even George W Bush Was Interested It s true that Greenland is mostly ice, but that could change quickly as global warming kicks in GUYANA Many have argued that the best way to preserve its rain forests is to offer the protection of U.S law Admittedly, this is not a terribly compelling reason to annex another country, but America has invaded places for flimsier reasons I predict that if oil turns up in Guyana, relations with the United States might warm up considerably HOWLAND Those landing strips remain the island s strange irony The United States made great effort to build them, the Japanese were intent on bombing them, and Amelia Earhart likely died trying to find them Yet there is no record of any plane ever landing on Howland Island ICELAND What if America had offered to buy, rather than invade, Iraq I know the idea sounds silly, until you run the numbers Given the best estimates of the cost of the war, the United States could have offered each Iraqi citizen about 103,000 if they would agree to become an American A family of five would get a cool half million dollars Those numbers are the actual dollar costs, per Iraqi, of the war SOUTH CALIFORNIA Actually They Wanted To Call It Colorado Pico s proposal suggested calling the new state Colorado , which, by the way, ranks among the most coveted state names ever After southern California s rebranding attempt failed, the Arizona territory laid its plans to rename itself Colorado But the rectangular state to the north beat them to the prize.


  8. says:

    A poor book about a fascinating subject I give the author credit for his maps, which are mostly lovely, and for a handful of interesting local knowledge facts I had no idea, for example, that Chicago and downstate Illinois were joined together on purpose by Congress to keep downstate from seceding during the Civil War This makes the book worth checking out of the library once Unfortunately, the writing is otherwise awful, thanks to the author s lack of objectivity, flippant attitude toward his presentation, and lazy approach to both history and proofreading Trinkelin is a standard issue smug liberal Baby Boomer of the I have a two page bibliography and a bachelor s degree from the 70 s and my books get publicity, ergo I am an Infallible Expert school As a result, most of the text is a mix of glibly inappropriate opinions, unfunny jokes, and general condescension The number of insufferable asides about students of history know x is especially grating because Trinkelin makes it obvious early on that he has no actual understanding of historical methodology or objective tone, and his fact checking is sloppy and riddled with errors Proofreading errors include referring to President William McKinley as James McKinley , referring to Sioux Falls, South Dakota as Sioux City which is in Iowa and misspelling Decatur, Illinois with an o A obscure historical mistake is constantly referring to Theodore Roosevelt as Teddy , despite the well documented fact that TR hated that name, and so forth Nearly every page contains an error of one of these two types, and I can t respect the lack of effort Trinkelin put into the text he obviously just dashed something off off of the top of his head and submitted it for publication without even bothering to proofread it first There s also the issue that Trinkelin shares with pretty much every other insecure liberal of his generation who ever wrote a nonfiction book on an unrelated topic, and that s the very likely pathological need to insert his political opinions where they don t belong In this case, it s his opinion that George W Bush was an awful president, which he beats to death on every third page despite the fact that this is supposed to be an objective work of historical fact and, in this case, is neither a unique nor relevant opinion given the circumstances It just makes Trinkelin look like an undisciplined, unprofessional hack, as much as the lazy proofing does Ultimately, this is a book that should have been a lot better than it was, had they gotten someone with a professional attitude to write it Instead, it comes off as somebody s clueless dad s version of history It s a book I d recommend checking out of the library once if you re into esoteric US history, but don t expect to get than a couple of factoids out of it, and don t waste money on it yourself.


  9. says:

    Trinklein, Michael J True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States that Never Made It Philadelphia Quirk Books, 2010.This was a really interesting book Though by book, it is not so much a narrative, but closer to an encyclopedia of states that wanted to be states but never were states Within each entry, however, the writing is clear and amusing as well as being informative This book is great for the American history enthusiasts or for that person who just likes to know about trivia.Each entry is about a part of American that either formally applied to Congress to be a state or for where there were movements that tried to make a new state It seems that most of these Lost States wanted to form because they felt forgotten by the rest of the state or that they felt that the rest of the state exploited its wealth Sometimes both feelings happened at the same time However, there is also influences of world politics, local politics, and personalities that conflicted that created these crazy stories Each entry also includes a map of where the state would be located As an added extra, the maps are made to look like a map from the period when the statehood movement took place.This is a fun and interesting book The perfect place for it in the bathroom It can give you something quick to reading when you have time to sit.


  10. says:

    This was fun to read We all learned the fifty states in school but this book talks about proposed states that didn t manage yet to achieve statehood This is not something that happened only in the past In 2013, the north and northeastern counties of Colorado wanted to secede from the rest of the state Even now, a petition is circulating within California as there is once again talk about splitting into three states this time It has only been tried a few other times Jefferson to the North, South California or Colorado to the south Each chapter only lasts 2 pages a description of the state and short history why it wanted to be it s own state and why it failed with the other page being a beautiful map of the proposed state Some cities like Boston, New York City, Washington or Potomac wanted independence usually due to taxation disputes Then there is how to split the Dakotas East and West North and South Dakota and Pembina What about the Lost Dakota And there are the ones not connected to the North American continent like Albania Cuba Guyana, Greenland.A completely fun read and great bunch of trivia.


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